Heartbreaker Highlight - Emily Ullmann

Introducing our next Heartbreaker Highlight, Emily Ullmann! Fasten your seatbelts because Emily is fast! A Heartbreaker for just about two years, she joined hoping to break 3:20 in the marathon and is now laser focused on breaking 3:00! She set a personal best in 2018's Boston Marathon with a mark of 3:14 in the worst weather ever. She smashed that mark with a 3:03 in the New York City Marathon 7 months later. Her joyful spirit and determined training style mean that she coaxes her teammates into longer cooldowns with a smile, always banking more miles with friends. Scientist by day, speedster by nature, read more about our latest Heartbreaker Highlight here:

Hometown & Alma Maters (High School and College(s), if applicable): I'm from Princeton, NJ! I went to Princeton High School, Yale for undergrad, and now I'm at MIT for grad school.


How old were you when you started running? Sophomore in high school, but more seriously at age 22.


Why did you start running? I originally started running because I'm terrible at rowing (true story). I began running every day to get in better shape after joining a rowing team, but it turns running was actually way more fun than rowing anyway (I'm also 5'3", which didn't help the rowing ambitions). So the next year I joined the cross country team! But I started running more seriously and signed up for my first marathon after watching the 2015 Boston Marathon. The finish line was by my office, so I went down in the cold, pouring rain and watched in awe and admiration of the grit on display. I couldn't stop watching and decided that day to sign up for Baystate, my first marathon!

How did you learn about the Heartbreakers and why did you join? I heard about the Heartbreakers from my friend Christine, who raved about this awesome group that helped her train for the Boston marathon. I'd trained for my first marathon alone and was looking for running buddies who would help me get faster, be good company on long runs, and share Boston marathon wisdom with me. So I went to a rainy September SEAC Speed and was immediately hooked.


Favorite part about being a Heartbreaker? Being able to call the other Heartbreakers my teammates (I know, totally cliche). In freezing blizzards, swampy summer nights, and everything in between the Heartbreakers work hard, push each other, and have a hell of a good time doing it. Also the dance parties :) 


Who's your favorite runner? Des Linden. I love her racing style--she grinds through the miles with grit and consistency and always runs her own race--and admire her low key attitude. She likes good coffee, beer, and whiskey, and has the most adorable golden retriever (named Boston!). Basically, what's not to love?


Do you run with music? If so, what's your favorite song to run to? No music for me! 


What's your favorite interval distance? (200s? 400s? 1000s? other) 1200s. They're long enough to be controlled, but still pretty painful. My kind of fun! 


What's one lesson about life you've learned through running? It's the little things and day-to-day work that really matter! Marathon training is pretty unglamorous, but it's the attitude, commitment, and consistency when no one's watching or giving you credit, that make the difference. Also, never be ashamed to use a Dunkin bathroom.


What's your day job? (If you care to share) Grad student at MIT.


If you could run with anyone dead or alive who would it be? Michelle Obama or Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- both fierce ladies who are incredibly fit.


What's your favorite podcast? It's Been a Minute or Pop Culture Happy Hour (both NPR).


Your social media handles? (Instagram, Twitter, etc.) @ejullmann (instagram)


Your short-term (2019) and long-term running goal(s)? Short-term goal is to break 3:00 in the marathon! Long-term goal is all about miles and smiles. I want to stay healthy, have fun, and continue to become a smarter, fitter runner. And I would love to try some ultras...